[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Association Against Education Discrimination

[Date:] 28 Shahrivar 1393 [19 September 2014]

 

Heartfelt Account by Kaveh Keshavarz, A Baha’i, Deprived of Education: There is a God Who is at All Times with Us

Kaveh Keshavarz has posted on his personal page, heartfelt accounts for his friends. This time it is he who has been deprived of an education as an associate diploma/degree student. He has been told that he has not even passed the National University Entrance Examination. He wrote:

From the time when the results of the National University Entrance Examination [for the] associate diploma were announced, I have been grappling with my response! What does it mean??? I sat the National University Entrance Examination! Everyone knows that I did! Even one of the officials of the exam checked and confirmed my personal details! And now I am being told that, no one with my national code number has sat the Entrance Examination at all. There is no information about me at all!!! I do not understand!!! For three days, from the early official working hours, I am trying to communicate with the Sanjish [Educational Assessment and Evaluation] Organization, and I always get the busy ring tone.!

If you do not want me to go to university, then just tell me. Send me a message like this one, to clarify my situation! I am really confused! Does it mean that all the studying and stress I’ve invested up till now should conclude with this no response?! I do not know why exactly I am writing this; I only know that somehow, I have to get it off my chest. I have never had my rights taken away from me in such a way, and with such disrespect! The examiners should also know this, if they close the door, I will enter from over the wall! If the reason for my deprivation of education is for my belief in “the sacred Baha’i Faith”, then I am very happy for this, very happy! And my religion has taught me to always progress in all aspects of life! If you do not allow me to study, and you are confronted with media posts over and over again, explain why you have taken away this right from me and my friends. If all your effort is to prevent me and those like me from progressing, I want to tell you that unfortunately you cannot.

There is a God Who is always with us everywhere, and if one door closes, another one surely opens!

I pray that God will give you a sense of fairness. This was another heartfelt account from this feeble one. I wish for the day when all of us, with whatever belief or colour, can live and study together. All these events made me think more about my country and my people and want to fight for it.

Thank you for reading my heartfelt account. [Persian poem][1]

 

[1] [The original text is as follows: "‎ﺩﻭﺑﺎﺭﻩ ﻣﯿﺴﺎﺯﻣﺖ ﻭﻃﻦ، ﺍﮔﺮ چه ﺑﺎ ﺧﺸﺖ ﺟﺎﻥ ﺧﻮﯾﺶ"]